New Skoda Fabia 1st Look Review - India Bound to Rival i20 ?
New-Gen 2022 Skoda Fabia First Look Review- Should India get this Hyundai i20 Rival?
There has been rumours of the new generation Volkswagen Polo coming to India. Now the new generation Polo is a lot more sophisticated and bigger than the Polo sold here and that means if sold in India it would be expensive.
But with the new i20 showing premium hatchbacks above the Rs 10 lakh price point can work, we can see maybe both the new Polo and Fabia come here. The new and just revealed Fabia does make a great case for itself for an India debut.
New-Gen 2022 Fabia is bigger than before
The new gen Fabia is based on the MQB-A0 platform and Skoda claims that it is the most spacious car in its class. The new Fabia is bigger and goes past the 4 metre mark with a length of 4,108 mm. Compared to the previous Fabia, the new one is 111 mm longer; its wheelbase has also increased to 94 mm to 2,564 mm, and at 1,780 mm, it is also 48 mm wider. Full LED head and tail-lamps are available while the design is much more premium now. Internationally the wheel choices are from 15-18inch. Dual-tone colour options are also provided.
New-Gen 2022 Fabia interiors are more luxurious
Inside, the new Fabia is much more luxurious and comes with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touch screen. The digital instrument cluster is also configurable with five lay-outs including where you can zoom in the maps used in a separate part of the screen. Quality has also seen an increase with soft touch materials used. There are also coloured inserts to liven up the cabin atmosphere while the steering wheel is the new look Skoda two-spoke unit.
In terms of features the new Fabia takes the fight to the i20 with a long list of equipment including wireless charging, ambient lighting, rear ac vents and dual zone climate control amongst other features like connected tech. Safety is also well looked at as it has as many as 9 airbags plus the usual suite of technology like adaptive cruise control, lane assist, travel assist, park assist and more. It is highly unlikely that these technologies will make it in the India-spec version though.
New-Gen 2022 Fabia has a lot more space on offer
With a 94m increase in wheelbase, the new Fabia's wheelbase is actually longer than the first generation Skoda Octavia! There is more width on offer while the rear seat can easily sit three passengers also. Comfort is also increased with more thigh support. The boot capacity is now at 380l.
New-Gen 2022 Fabia Engine & Transmission options
There are as many as five engine options including a 1.0 naturally aspirated motor and a 1.0 TSI turbo and a 1.5l turbo with a DSG automatic. In India if launched, expect the same engines as the Kushaq or the Taigun hence the range starter could be the 1.0 TSI with a 6-speed manual.
When is the new-gen 2022 Fabia coming to India?
In short the new Fabia is much more premium and if launched, would be priced between Rs 9-14 lakh. The question is when and as for now, Skoda is concentrating on its Kushaq SUV and the upcoming sedan which means the wait for the new Fabia could be longer. That said Skoda can certainly make a strong business case for this car and we hope it comes next year.
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